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Provider of Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapy Services Agrees to $38,000,000 False Claims Act Settlement

As announced in an recent press release, Extended Care Health Services, Inc. (“Extendicare”), an operator of skilled nursing facilities, and its subsidiary Progressive Step Corporation (“Pro Step”), a provider of physical, speech, and…more

Follow the Code: An Update on the AICPA’s Revised Code of Professional Conduct

Challenging D.H. Lawrence’s proposition that ethics does not change with the calendar, the AICPA’s revised Code of Professional Conduct (Code) will become effective Dec. 31. A year later, the Conceptual Framework for AICPA Independence…more

Golden Rule: Be Kind To Others… Even In Discovery

Discovery can bring the best of times and worst of times. I recently had a case dismissed outright the morning after a deposition because the information obtained by the witnesses was so helpful to our defense of the case. Discovery…more

Recent Cases of Note - Class Action Quarterly: Volume 2, Issue 3

Fifth Circuit Addresses CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception - The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that courts should only look to the complaint in effect at the time of removal when determining if the Class…more

The Brand Called You: Building and Broadcasting Your Brand

Do you have a brand? When clients think of you, what comes first to their minds? One of the books I most frequently recommend is Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. When it first came out several years ago I both listened to the…more

Adviser, Co-founder, Settle SEC Breach of Duty Proceeding

The Commission filed settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser and its co-founder based on a claimed breach of fiduciary duty. The Order alleged violations based on negligence, citing Securities Act Section…more

An Overdue Discussion of the PTABs Grant of the First IPR Motion to Amend

It is hard to explain how this post, discussing the first ever granted Motion to Amend in an inter partes review, sat in “draft” mode for over 5 months. This is especially perplexing given the difficulty Patent Owners are experiencing…more

FERC Accepts Almost All of the CAISO's Proposed Flexible Resource Adequacy Capacity and Must-Offer Obligation Requirements

On October 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order on Tariff Revisions, FERC Docket No. ER14-2574, conditionally accepting, with two substantive modifications, tariff changes proposed by the…more

Five Quick and Easy Ways To Sabotage Your Compliance Training

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from noted ethics and compliance expert, as well as steel guitar player, Chris Bauer. Okay, you know that you need to have effective compliance training but do you really know what will actually…more

Federal Contractors: In the Line of Regulatory Fire

On October 10, 2014, the White House hosted a listening session regarding President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, one of many new laws imposing significant new requirements on federal contractors…more

Courts Evaluating Class Settlement with Increased Scrutiny

The potential for enormous financial exposure for defendants in class actions often results in settlement, particularly after class certification. Courts have traditionally granted “rubber-stamp” approval of such settlements, which…more

Affordable Care Act in Mergers and Acquisitions: New Guidance from Internal Revenue Service

In Notice 2014-49, the Internal Revenue Service (“Service”) issued guidance on how to avoid potential penalties under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in connection with mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”). The notice provides a “safe…more

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Dodd-Frank and the Jobs Act There’s a whole lot to know about the Dodd-Frank Act, and we’re combing through thousands of pages of legislation, SEC filings, rules, statements by public officials and…

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